Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Getting to know you CreekBedThreads aka Erin

What is your favorite quote? “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.”

What is your favorite movie? Chronicles of Narnia

is your favorite flavor of ice cream?I have a HUGE weakness for ice cream. So I pretty much love them all, with chocolate with peanut butter being my favorite. Dairy Queen’s vanilla sundae with hot fudge and peanut butter topping (gotta have both) is also a big favorite.

What is your three favorite things to snack on?Peanut butter MnMs Those cow tail caramel pieces Chips and salsa

and snow or Beaches and water?Beaches and water definitely, mainly because that’s what I grew up doing every year for summer vacation. I do love mountains and snow, just never really been around it much so it’s not my ideal.

What is your favorite TV show? Wipeout  Hubby and I got rid of cable and don’t have an antenna, so we occasionally divulge in watching Wipeout on the internet. We laugh so hard, our favorite part is the big balls.
Do you have a hero, if so, who? why? Jesus Christ! I know that’s probably the “standard” answer, but truly, a man who is also 100% God, who would die the most painful death possible to save me from an eternal fire is certainly my hero!

What is your favorite song at the moment? Hmm… well, we’ve been listening to a lot of Fernando Ortega and Sara Groves… so anything by them. I think my favorite right now is probably “In the Girl There’s a Room” by Sara Groves, but really it changes daily.

What kinds of music do you listen to? I listen to mostly Christian music, but hubby (and therefore me) has been convicted lately to make sure the Christian music we’re listening to is glorifying to God and to check out the personal testimonies of each artist. I used to love country music, so it’s been a bit of a change, but we’re getting used to it! Chris Rice, Sara Groves, and Fernando Ortega are some of our favorites.

How long have you been creating? I’ve been creating all my life! I’ve always been a very artsy/creative type of person, and I used to do lots of crafts when I was younger. I’ve always drawn and painted. I used to get my mom’s old sewing machine out and fight with it occasionally, but never took it very serious until lately. Etsy opened up a whole new world to me, allowing others to see my work and even buy it! You mean someone actually wants to buy what I make?!?!?! I never grew up expecting to sell the things I make, but I’m loving it now. That occasional sale keeps me going!

What inspires you? A lot of my ideas just sort of pop into my head at really random times… but if I am struggling with inspiration, I try to pray about it, and spend some time looking through Country Living (I love this magazine. It is great. A whole bunch of people doing things I love to do, and making a living out of it!), or going outside and spending time in nature. Hence Creek Bed Threads.

Is there any kind of music you listen to when you create? Not usually, I typically am so engrossed in what I’m doing, music would either be a distraction or just not noticed at all! I work very intently.

What's your biggest artistic disaster to date? Hmmm… I’m not sure, really. Most of what I make turns out alright, though when I was younger I made some pretty hideous Christmas ornaments!

What's your favorite piece that you've done? Well, one of my favorites that is in my shop is the love pillow made out of scraps that were lovingly sent to me from Anita (AMKreations)! It was special to me that I was able to use discarded pieces of fabric that had been Anita’s, and that were too small to be used for her bags, but I could still turn them into something pretty! My other favorite is a painting I’m working on at home; though it needs some attention… it’s been forgotten lately. It’s a painting of the egg photo I have in my other store (AuntEsThings). I dyed the eggs with my husband and my younger cousins; we had a great time doing it, and it’s a wonderful memory.

What's the best advice you were given when starting out?The best advice I was given is to be confident in your work, and to list new items often!

Do you have any advice to give others? Just keep doing what you love. I obviously haven’t had “great” success on Etsy, so I’m not sure that my advice is worth much, but I think it’s so important to not just cater to your customers, but to do what you really think looks good and do what you’re inspired to do. It’s important to keep customers in mind, but I think that if you’re confident about what you’ve done, and you really love what you’ve made and are proud of it, customers will come.

What's coming up for you; any big plans artistically? I just started a website, so I’ve been working on that, hoping that I can draw in a “non-Etsy” crowd. I also will be doing my first craft show in November, pending acceptance. I really hope that I can go to the craft show, I think it’d be a good venue for me.
Where can we find you? Both online and in stores. am just starting to consign at a local shop called The Monkey’s Trunk in Mars, PA. Nothing there yet, but I hope to take some things down tonight, actually.


Christie Cottage said...

Wonderful interview!


Anonymous said...

I loved reading more about you Erin! I didn't quite get all that info in our two hour chat, so what a surprise to see you as I am trying to catch up on my blogs! =) Love the pics too!